For Saturday’s Test against Scotland at Murrayfield.
– The total Test caps for the Springbok starting lineup is 430. There are 182 caps in the backline with 248 caps among the forwards. On the bench, there are a further 182 caps.
– The average caps per player in the backline is 26, the forwards 31, while the players on the bench average 23. The average age of the starting XV is 26.
– Handré Pollard will become the second most-capped Springbok flyhalf with his 38th cap, surpassing Butch James with 37 caps as a flyhalf. The most-capped Bok flyhalf is Morné Steyn (64).
– South Africa’s overall record against Scotland at Murrayfield is P: 16; W: 12; L: 4; PF: 411; PA: 156; TF: 56; TA: 14; Average score: 26-10; Win%: 75%.
– The top Springbok scorers at Murrayfield are Percy Montgomery (59 points, 17 conversions, five penalty goals); Joost van der Westhuizen (four tries); and Jaco van der Westhuyzen (three drop goals).
– The match records are: Percy Montgomery (26 points and eight conversions); six players have scored two tries; Morné Steyn (four penalty goals) and Jaco van der Westhuyzen (three drop goals).
– South Africa’s overall record against Scotland is P: 26; W: 21; L: 5; PF: 686; PA: 286; TF: 86; TA: 28; Average score: 26-11. Win%: 81%.
– South Africa’s biggest win against Scotland (58 points) was on 6 December 1997 at Murrayfield when they ran in 10 tries to win 68-10. Percy Montgomery scored 26 points, with two tries and eight conversions.
– The Springboks’ biggest loss against Scotland was on 16 November 2002 at Murrayfield when the visitors lost 21-6.
– The first Test match at Murrayfield took place on 25 March 1925, when Scotland beat England 14-11, thereby winning their first Grand Slam in the Five Nations.
– South Africa’s first Test against Scotland at Murrayfield took place on 6 January 1932, when Bennie Osler’s Springboks beat Scotland 6-3 in front of 74,000 spectators.
– Since that day, the Springboks have played 15 Test matches at Murrayfield against Scotland, plus a solitary Test against Spain as part of the 1999 World Cup.
– The present seating capacity of Murrayfield is 67,144.
– The referee is Romain Poite of France, who is handling his 60th Test as a referee. To date, he has refereed 10 Test matches which involved the Springboks. South Africa have won six and lost four.
– The assistant referees are Ben O’Keeffe from New Zealand and Frank Murphy (Ireland), while Ben Skeen (NZ) is the TMO.